Slipsand Galaxy

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Slipsand Galaxy
Slipsand Galaxy.png
Area World 5
How to unlock Get the first Power Star from Space Storm Galaxy
Boss(es) Squizzard
Comet(s) Daredevil Comet
Green Comet
Mission(s) Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole
Sailing the Sandy Seas
Squizzard's Daredevil Run
Green Star 1
Green Star 2
Green Star 3
Stars Squizzard's Sandy SinkholeSailing the Sandy SeaSquizzard's Daredevil RunGreen Star 1Green Star 2Green Star 3
Galaxy icon The large pyramid and the Sand Slide that comes out of it
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Slipsand Galaxy is a galaxy in the game Super Mario Galaxy 2, located in World 5. The level is desert-themed and features desert objects such as cacti. Sand Rivers and fireballs are the main obstacles in the level. A pyramid can be seen in the background, but serves no special purpose. Dry Bones, Magikoopas and Pokey Heads are common enemies in this galaxy. The Fire Flower reappears in this galaxy and is used in the boss battle against Squizzard. At one point, Mario needs to avoid some Rhomps while sliding down sand.


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all names are unofficial.

Starting Planet[edit]

Mario on the Starting Planet.
Mario in the Slipsand Galaxy's gravity chamber.
Mario inside the Starting Planet.

This is a long, tubular planet with a fast sand current. During the Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole mission, the current is going with the player. Many fireballs circle the planet and many prickly plants serve as an impediment during the mission. The Launch Star takes the player to the Sandy Waterfall Planet. During the Sailing the Sandy Seas mission, the current is going against Mario. Luckily, there are platforms to allow the player to reach the Warp Pipe on the other side. If the player goes all the way to the very end in this mission, where the Launch Star was in the last mission, they find three 1-Up Mushrooms. The player must rapidly jump and spin to do this. The Launch Star takes Mario to the Sandy Sea Planet during the mission. There is also an underground section with Fire Bars and gravity.

Sandy Fall Planet[edit]

Mario approaching the Sandy Fall Planet.

A fairly small planet with a sand current that is going against the player. At the first part, there are a few shifting blocks that push the player off the planet. Many Pokey Heads appear on this planet. At the second area, it is an S-shaped stream with three Cluckbooms flying over it. The Comet Medal can be found in this area. There is a Fire Flower, even more Pokey Heads, and more shifting blocks in the next area. There is a Checkpoint Flag and a Launch Star that takes the player to the Sand Slide Planet at the top. There is also a Fire Flower that can be used to light two urns on the Sandy Waterfall Planet, but it's optional because lighting the urns just gives out a 1-Up Mushroom.

Sand Slide Planet[edit]

Mario on the Sand Slide Planet.
The end of the sand slide in the Slipsand Galaxy
Luigi at the end of the slide.

The planet is basically one long sand stream coming out of the pyramid. The player must slide down the stream to the end while avoiding the Rhomps that appear halfway. It gets narrower towards the end of the stream. At the bottom of the slide is a small area with Lumalee, a Checkpoint Flag, and the Launch Star that takes the player to the Sinkhole Planet.

Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole[edit]

Mario on Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole.

The planet is a bowl-shaped planet filled with sand. The sand moves at a fast current towards the middle where Squizzard lies. The arena is fenced up and there are some rocks here that can serve as platforms. Two Fire Flowers appear here.

Sandy Sea Planet[edit]

Mario approaching the Sandy Sea Planet.

This planet is only traveled to during the Sailing the Sandy Seas mission. It is a vast, wide open area filled with lethal quicksand. The player needs to ride the Sand Bird on this planet to avoid falling into the quicksand. Many cacti are found here, which destroy parts of the ship, although the ship quickly regenerates any lost parts. Magikoopas and a single Homing Chomp are found on this planet as well. The Power Star is found at the end of the planet.



Level Image Summary
Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole Squizzard Sinkhole.png This mission's objective is to defeat Squizzard.
Sailing the Sandy Seas Sand Sailer.png This mission's objective is to ride on a Sand Bird.
Squizzard's Daredevil Run Squizzard Daredevil.png This mission's objective is to defeat Squizzard once more, this time with the player having only one health.

Green Stars[edit]

Green Star 1[edit]

The Green Star near the waterfall.

The player must redo the Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole mission. When the player gets to the end of the Sandy Waterfall Planet, they should see the Green Star at the end of a small waterfall. The player can either Long Jump to it, or walk to the top of the waterfall and slide down it to the star.

Planets Visited

Green Star 2[edit]

Luigi about to get the second Green Star.

The player must redo the Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole mission. When the player gets to the Sand Slide Planet, they should immediately move to the far left to get the Green Star.

Planets Visited

Green Star 3[edit]

Luigi getting the last Green Star.

The player must redo the Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole mission. The final Green Star is located yet again on the Sand Slide Planet. After the player avoids the Rhomps, they should immediately move to the far right side to get the Star.

Planets Visited


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Prima Official Game Guide description[edit]

  • "The parched Slipsand Galaxy is a dangerous desert loaded with challenges like a giant sand slide and rolling Rhomps. Things get even trickier when you travel to a great expanse of the desert and must ride on the back of a bird that can disappear when it hazards...too bad you don't have the same skill."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 流れる星砂ギャラクシー
Nagareru Hoshizuna Gyarakushī
Flowing Starsand Galaxy
Chinese 流動星砂銀河
Liúdòng Xīngshā Yínhé
Flowing Starsand Galaxy
French (NOE) Sables glissants Slippy sands
German Schlingersand-Galaxie Lurching Sand Galaxy
Italian Galassia Rena Sdrucciola Slipsand Galaxy
Korean 흐르는 모래 갤럭시
Heuleuneun Molae Gaelleogsi
Flowing Sand Galaxy
Spanish Galaxia Arenas Arriesgadas Risky Sands Galaxy